Posted by Kevin Matthews on October 03, 2002 at 16:25:18:
In Reply to: Re: ADDENDUM posted by Paul Malo on October 03, 2002 at 15:33:45:
... but is it mere fantasy to students of architecture in some parts of the world, where the need is for basic housing...
A criticism to which most high-culture Architecture is susceptible, not just high-tech style.
What does "high-tech" architecture have to give, or what does is express that is meaningful, to most people in the world?
I think some high-tech architecture is simply manipulating images for maximum impact in the moment -- a shallow approach to a short-lived glory.
But isn't that true of many mediocre attempts in any style or sytlisitc movement?
The best high-tech architecture has somethings very real to offer:
- Technically improved architectural solutions in various areas such as sun shading, ventilation, building safety, benign materials...
- Research toward new visual languages that may authentically express new relationships to climate, weather, enclosure, conveyance, structure, gravity, and human existence, as they are very occassionally made possible by new materials and technologies.
In other words, I do believe in the possibility of progress, and some of it high-tech.
(Big surprise, coming from a publisher of digital tools and electronic media, right?)
However, I couldn't agree more that pursuit of progress for its own sake is a perilously vacuous project. Caveat architect!
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